TAMU-CC Womens soccer clinches conference tournament berth


Photo courtesy of Islander Athletics - Athletes, Larissa Fagundes and Kayla Gove celebrating a 1-0 victory over Northwestern State. The lady Islanders clinch a Southland Conference tournament berth with Friday's win.

On Friday Oct. 18, TAMU-CC Women’s Soccer clinched a berth to the Southland Conference tournament with a 1-0 win over Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. The Islanders have qualified for the conference tournament for the second time in the last three seasons under head coach Craig Shaw. The team has set a new program record with their fourth-straight win and tied the record for the longest unbeaten streak at six. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi improves to 8-5-1 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play. Northwestern falls to 7-7-1 and 4-2-1 in the Southland.

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi defense pitched another shutout behind junior star, Kyleigh Hall, in goal along with defenders Jaedyn Johnson, Alana Mangan, Shayla Spearman and Maddie Janolo. Hall recorded three saves in 90 minutes of action, collecting her seventh shut out of 2019, tying the single season record. Hall has set the standard for elite goaltending in the Southland Conference by continuing to shutout conference rivals, leading the lady Islanders to being tied for third place overall in the Southland Conference thus far.

Junior Abby Deakin scored the lone goal of the match during the eighth minute of action with the assist coming from Shayla Spearman, adding on to her team leading seventh goal of the season. Deakin recorded two shots with one on goal along with junior Madeleine Lozano who recorded one shot attempt. The lady Islanders recorded three shots, with one on goal compared to Northwestern State’s 13 shots with three on goal.

“The big thing that’s happening this year is we’re fighting together and it doesn’t matter who plays or who starts. …and as soon as anyone gets injured somebody else is ready to step up,” said head coach Craig Shaw when interviewed by Islander Athletics.

The lady Islanders take on Lamar University Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in Dr. Jack Dugan Soccer and Track & Field Stadium.